Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted April 1, 2014
The Bearded Collie (Beardie) is of Scottish heritage, looking similar to the more familiar Old English Sheepdog, (OES may be a genetic descendant of the BC) but with a full-length, un-cropped tail. While they are high energy working dogs, ideally suited to sheep and cattle tending, they also make wonderful pets, being completely socialized by the time they’re ready to be adopted. They are fantastic with kids, and even other different species pets, being very gentle and solicitous, and highly resistant to temper displays when provoked.
On the downside, they need to be brushed thoroughly, three times a week, from the light, fluffy outer coat, all the way down to the waterproof undercoat. Failure to do so results in mats which can then provide a home for parasites. People often choose Beardies not only for their friendly, outgoing personality, but because they make great show dogs that can win plenty of ribbons. They seem to thrive best on a good quality dry dog food with lots of clean water readily available.
If you’re wintering up north in the cottage, a couple of Beardies make great sleeping companions, better by far than a mere electric blanket. They love to cuddle up!